Learning by doing
Working as a gardener and a pedagogue
When I arrived to Denmark I never expected to be working in such a beautiful and challenging place. Being at the school in Bogense really taught me a lot about connecting with nature, observing, analyzing and create plans to work together with and for the soil and plants.
It takes a lot of effort to work in a garden and prepare everything to make it function in an ecological way whilst trying to use permaculture principles to reach the goals.
Firstly, weeding and preparing the soil is a very hard task but a good one. I loved it actually. When you start taking a few weeds you just want to take them all out and I start to love it because you really get into something. When I hear the sounds of nature – listening the birds and all the beautiful things around makes me want to sing.
Another task was to plan to plant what, when and where. So we had to design everything in order to get some vision of how we wanted it to be. Then, buying seeds and starting to plant was the easy part. We had to research a lot about permaculture and we ended up doing it as beginners – learning-by-doing. We observed which type of plants were good together, why and how they could help each other to have a richest soil with a lot of nutrients.
This job was not only about myself and learning as an individual but about leaving some knowledge as well. Working with kids in such a natural environment is really great and productive. There were more and more things we could do together. I think they had fun and at the same time they were out in the nature learning things that they never heard of. We talked, we worked, we played and we laughed very very very hard.
The most important thing for me with this experience was to realize that one person can do a lot and change so much in a short time.
By Vanessa from Portugal